The people that make up the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metro area are among the most miserable souls in all of these United States, according to Gallup. The survey, dubbed the State of American Well-Being, was started eight years ago and collects information from physical and emotional health to financial security and many issues in-between. 178,000 surveys were completed nationally, yielding these results.
This region, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area, is dominated by Democrats.
Democratic Scranton has been financially distressed since the 1990's and its all-Democratic government just made yet another installment of a tax-smackdown on its residents. Unions are threatening to take city assets and businesses are fleeing Scranton like rats on a sinking ship. Democratic Wilkes-Barre is in better financial shape than Scranton (which really isn't saying much) but leads the region in murders and is apparently so incompetent, they cannot even operate gas pumps correctly.
Taken together, this Democratic region also boasts the highest unemployment in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Financial mismanagement of government and the sky-high taxes it necessitates will destroy any local economy, given enough time. Corruption will hasten the process and further diminish any faith people might have in their leaders, which certainly has occurred in this region. It is difficult, if not impossible, to expect the residents of a region to feel good about the situation they find themselves in. The question is when will their level of misery be high enough that they actually do something about it by rejecting their present leaders and the ways of the past for fiscal hawks that won't waste their money or raise their taxes so their economies can begin to grow again?